Adaptive impact of the chimeric gene Quetzalcoatl in Drosophila melanogaster.

@article{Rogers2010AdaptiveIO,
  title={Adaptive impact of the chimeric gene Quetzalcoatl in Drosophila melanogaster.},
  author={Rebekah L Rogers and Trevor Bedford and Ana M Lyons and Daniel L. Hartl},
  journal={Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America},
  year={2010},
  volume={107 24},
  pages={10943-8}
}
Chimeric genes, which form through the genomic fusion of two protein-coding genes, are a significant source of evolutionary novelty in Drosophila melanogaster. However, the propensity of chimeric genes to produce adaptive phenotypic changes is not fully understood. Here, we describe the chimeric gene Quetzalcoatl (Qtzl; CG31864), which formed in the recent past and swept to fixation in D. melanogaster. Qtzl arose through a duplication on chromosome 2L that united a portion of the… CONTINUE READING
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